UPDATE: Now every "physical item" backer gets part of the "Buttercup" music video!
We've decided that every single backer who orders some type of physical good that we have to mail you will also receive one of the individual pictures used in "The Buttercup (Little Tea Leaf)" music video shown above. Elizabeth hand-painted every single frame, and each is a wonderful little work of art, about 3" x 4.5". How exciting!
UPDATE: One lucky backer will get this amazing painting!
IF YOU CHOOSE A REWARD TIER OF $20 OR MORE, you will be entered in a raffle EXCLUSIVE TO THIS CAMPAIGN to win this wonderful skydiving bear painting. For every $20 in the campaign that you spend, you'll get your name put into the raffle again, up to 5 times (so you'll have two chances at $40, 3 chances at $60, etc.). Shipping will be free to the lucky winner and will be announced shortly after the successful conclusion of this campaign.
Taking a break from piano slamming
For 5 years and across 3 full length albums and a handful of EPs, an MP, and several singles, we (Pocket Vinyl) have primarily based our music around the idea of "piano slamming". Though we have had a fair amount of quieter songs in the discography, our live shows and releases have been centered around beating the crap out of the piano via song. We love this sound, and will surely continue it throughout the rest of our career.
But Elizabeth and I (Eric) want to always be changing and challenging ourselves artistically, and for right now, the slamming needs to take a break. We need to change it up. We need to go to uncomfortable places.
This album, a bit more than others, is our most lyrically focused album to date. While our last album "Death Anxiety" certainly centered around many strong lyrical themes, we wrote these songs with trying to communicate the lyrics most. Every line has been thoroughly rewritten to be the best it can be. (More about lyrics a bit later...)
"Tin" will be a generally soft and slower album with minimal instrumentation (compared to our past work), yet still very intense. Think of the piano slamming as one side of a spectrum of intensity. "Tin" will be the softer side of intensity, trying to find extreme emotions in quiet sounds. It's an album you listen to by yourself, during solitude. Or with a close friend. Not really something for parties.
We've already begun recording, and I've found myself getting incredibly anxious in the studio. This album is uncomfortable to record and explore. I want to add all kinds of drums, fuzz bass, cellos, violins, choirs, brass, harp, and anything else I can think of to build it up. I want the big songs we've made in the past.
But that is not this album.
It is soft. It is vulnerable. It is uncomfortable. It is comforting. It is contemplative. It is scared. It is friendly. It is gentle. It is powerful. And it isn't safe.
For a certain lot of people, for a certain kind of ear, we trust this album will hit all the right chords and notes. That's what we're aiming towards.
The lyrics continue on a bit of the theme presented in our last album "Death Anxiety", yet are a little more focused. One song focused on the the feeling of helplessness when trying to help a friend through depression. Another leans towards the frustration of others connecting so easily with "God" when you cannot. And yet another is a simple love song. My brother once told me that "great art asks questions, bad art tries to answer them." While I'm not sure if I believe that's true 100% of the time, I think it is certainly a wise thing to keep in mind while creating.
And this is definitely an album of questions.
Lastly, fun fact: this is the first album to ever name drop a celebrity. And that celebrity if Robin Williams. We'll post a demo of that for all backers sometime during the campaign...
Every Backer Will Be Thanked
Become a permanent part of Pocket Vinyl history by being thanked on the album. Every single person who backs the project will have their name in the "Thanks" section on the back of the record and/or in the Deluxe edition insert. If you pledge $1 or $1000, all will be included.
We're now including "Add Ons" on part of this campaign. Sometimes the rewards we give don't include everything that someone would want, so they can up their reward and add on any items not listed in the reward tier they choose. For example, if you choose the 6"x6" painting for $100, but also want an exclusive t-shirt, you can add another $25 to your pledge and let us know in the post-campaign survey what the extra money was for. Here are the prices for each add on item we'll include:
$2 - Another frame picture from "The Buttercup" video (Mostly for folks who picked digital music rewards)
$7 - Any digital album
$20 - One regular vinyl record
$25 - One "Tin" exclusive t-shirt
$30 - A dozen home made chocolate chip cookies
$35 - Our complete digital discography
$45 - One Deluxe Edition Vinyl
$50 - A record bag
$50 - A crappy painting by Eric
$55 - Hand-made scarves or socks
Again, just add whichever amount above correlates with the item(s) you'd like to receive in your pledge after choosing your reward tier. We can't make a million reward tiers with all sorts of mix-and-match options, so this cuts right through that. If you have any questions about it, please send us a message or email at email@example.com
Listen to a couple songs from the album
Check out these performance videos of a couple songs that will appear on "Tin":
"Grow It Often Myself"
Here is a basic breakdown of where the money will go if we should reach our goal:
As I said above, this album is very soft with minimal instrumentation, and thus will be cheaper to record. To put things into perspective, on our last album "Death Anxiety", we spent over $4000 in the recording it. We've given ourselves the cap of $1500 this time around as a sort of box to work out of (and so far, it's going very, very well).
That image there will be the album artwork. It is hard to say exactly how it relates to the album, other than it just fits the music. Somehow it conveys exactly a feeling of what "Tin" is about.
The albums that led to "Tin"
There were many albums which I've been obsessed with for the last decade of my life that paved the way for "Tin". Here is the shortlist of them, and I encourage you to check them out:
I encourage you to listen to them by yourself, preferably by a fire with a drink and/or smoke.
Long time PV fans know that we hand make all of our t-shirts, screen-printing them ourselves at home. We usually only make 50 to 100 of each design before retiring it.
For this project, we are making a shirt that is entirely exclusive to this campaign. We will never make this shirt again in any other form. As many as are ordered are how many we will make. No exceptions.
The shirt will feature a dark blue color (though not exactly like the picture below), and will feature this image:
That may seem a bit confusing, until you take a selfie in a mirror:
As far as we're concerned, you will always look dashing in this shirt.
Deluxe Vinyl Edition
We want this album to be on vinyl. It's being made for vinyl specifically. We will release a regular version, but also a deluxe edition of the vinyl release. This will include a host of bonus content, which is:
-A beautiful, signed 4.75" x 8" print of a piece by Elizabeth (one of two, featured below)
-Signed by Eric and Elizabeth
-Hand screen-printed alternative artwork (which has yet to be released)
-Download codes for the album, as well as 2 unreleased songs from PV's past: a cover of Bob Marley's "I Shot The Sheriff" and a fully orchestrated version of "Only I Exist"
-An insert of all the lyrics from "Tin"
-A page of handwritten lyrics from one of the songs off "Tin"
-Both Eric and Elizabeth will literally blow kissed into each album's packaging
There will only be 50 deluxe versions ever made. Get 'em while they're hot.
UPDATE: Here are the two prints that will be included in the deluxe edition. Each copy will receive only ONE of the two prints randomly. Check them out:
An increasing trend for weddings in the last few years has been to have a live painter there who creates paintings during the ceremony and reception. And now, you can get Elizabeth to come to your (or someone you know, with their permission of course) wedding! Then the happy couple keeps the paintings to help immortalize their special day forever!
Most wedding painters charge at least $2000 or more, but we're only charging $1500 (plus travel expenses/accommodations)! The pieces will be 16" x 24" oil paintings on Masonite boards, unframed. One will be painting at/of the ceremony, and the other will be at/of the reception, both done in Elizabeth's unique artistic style. She will take care of all art supply expenses.
Since you will be covering her travel expenses, she is more than happy to venture to wherever in the world your beautiful wedding will be. Due to touring we'll be doing in the spring, Elizabeth cannot commit to any weddings before May 15, 2015, but can be reserved for any wedding after that date, even if it's not for a couple years from now. If you would like more than 2 paintings during the wedding day, that can be arranged for additional expenses.
This would certainly encapsulate the day wonderfully, as well as being an incredibly memorable thing to have for both you and your guests!
Elizabeth knows how to make some great handbags out of a couple of old records. They're truly unique items for only $50.
Tin House Tour
Loud bars and coffee shops aren't really the ideal place for soft, lyric based music. House shows in living rooms, basements, kitchens, barns, backyards, etc. are definitely the best for that. In the fall of 2015, we want to do a 2 to 3 week house show tour in support of "Tin". To do this, we very much need houses to perform in. If you think you'd like us to come play in your house/apartment/condo/hotel room/barn/garage, please message us through Kickstarter or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll go over the details with you.
We pride ourselves at being able to fit in any space, so no worries about needing some huge room to do it in. We'd just love to come play for you.
If we reach our funding goal, we will be releasing this album digitally and on vinyl record. This is an album made for vinyl. We love listening to records in our home, and not many are big rock pieces. We have always wanted to release an album on a colored 12" record, and we're going to try to make it this time around. Plus, the artwork is far bigger, which is something we are all about.
...we still would love to release the album on other physical formats, and if we are able to reach far beyond our original goal, here is what we will be doing with the money:
With your help, we can make it far into your campaign.
(Also, yes, certain people still do buy cassettes)
Risks and challenges
We hope to have this entire album released by August. We've already started recording and this is entirely plausible at this point. However, sometimes things get caught up in this or that (i.e. the vinyl production factor has issues with the order, etc.) and can delay the release date. We do not anticipate this happening at all, but there's always a small chance something can go wrong.
For any of the paintings, socks, scarves, and anything else that Elizabeth is making by hand, we have given an expectation date as "September". We think this will be more than enough time to get everything done, but if the campaign is very successful, and many rewards are to be made, it is very possible that it may take her a bit longer on some things. For anyone who orders something from her, we ask that you please be very patient with receiving your order.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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